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Burstyn at the Seams

By Margaret Hicks in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 30, 2006 3:30PM

Burstyn10_30_06.jpgEllen Burstyn is cool, and we all know it. From dealing with creepy Regan walking backwards on her fingertips (has there every been a scarier scene than that?), to her lonely, drug-addled TV addict in Requiem for a Dream, Ellen Burstyn has scared us with her acting chops on a number of occasions. Looking through her IMDb roster, we were amazed to see just how much she’s done, and surprised at how many of her movies we haven’t seen.

Now Ms. Burstyn has written a memoir "Lessons in Becoming Myself." Her life sounds most worthy of making for a fascinating book, including her rise to stardom on Broadway, her fucked-up parents and a stalker ex-husband.

We can’t think of anything more fitting for Halloween than to check out this consistently amazing actress who we can’t help but be just a little afraid of.

You can see Ellen Burstyn tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Swedish American Museum Center at 5211 N. Clark St., or tomorrow, Oct. 31, at 12:30 p.m. at Borders on 150 N. State.